5 Things to do in London, November 2017

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz suggests five great tips for things to see in London this November.

The Old Weird Albion

Readings and performances by Justin Hopper, Wendy Pye, Angus Carlyle and Sharron Kraus

The Photographers’ Gallery

Tue 7 November 2017, 6.30-7.30pm

Wendy Pye, from the series Beachy Head: Liminal-4. Courtesy the artist at The Photographers' Gallery.

The Photographers’ Gallery will host an event revolving around Justin Hopper’s newest piece of creative non-fiction, The Old Weird Albion, in which the author explores the psychogeographies of Sussex, his ancestral homeland. This event will expand on this theme to explore various arts inspired by Sussex more generally. It will include a reading from Hopper’s work alongside photographer Wendy Pye (showing her images of Beachy Head that engage with suicide and cultural memory), Angus Carlyle (reading from his own work, A Download Index, which documents his running across the South Downs) and Sharron Kraus (performing her new musical composition based on Chactonbury Ring, a prehistoric hill fort on the South Downs). The readings and performances will be followed by a book launch and drinks reception.

Read more: thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

Memory played me like a violin

Thomas Dozol

French Riviera

Fri 3 November – Sun 3 December 2017 

Thomas Dozol, MR.11+14.B, 2017. Screenprint on inkjet. Courtesy the artist and French Riviera.

French Riviera presents Thomas Dozol’s second solo show at the gallery, featuring a series of portraits of creatives taken in New York. The photographs have been overlaid with screen-printed geometric shapes, often with the effect of obscuring the identity of their subject. Introducing geometric figures as a tool to process information, Dozol links his practice to his formal training in mathematics. Through this his body of work aims to explore the relationship between photography and the photographer’s desire to crystallise memory, particularly the memory of a particular community.

Read more: frenchriviera1988.com

Portraits and Landscapes

Catherine Opie

Thomas Dane Gallery

Tue 3 October – Sat 18 November 2017

Catherine Opie, Jonathan, 2012.  © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

Thomas Dane host their first exhibition of documentary photographer, Catherine Opie, presenting works from an ongoing series that has never before been shown in the UK. Opie is a leading American photographer best known for ‘social portraiture’ – particularly of the West Coast leather community – that is stunning in both its simplicity and effectiveness. This exhibition tackles the history of art while taking inspiration from Old Master paintings, as is suggested by the show title’s reference to traditional painting categories. As for subject matter, portraits of artist friends David Hockney, Gillian Wearing, Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu hang alongside an abstracted landscape featuring the white cliffs of Dover.

Read more: thomasdanegallery.com

Kehinde Wiley in conversation with Ekow Eshun


Wed 22 November, 8:35pm

Artist Kehinde Wiley discusses his work with cultural commentator and former Artistic Director of the ICA, Ekow Eshun. Wiley has recently been announced as Barack Obama’s official portrait artist opening up avenues for conversation with regards to the role of portraiture, historical representation and the creation of histories. This evening will also explore Wiley’s move away from portraiture by featuring the premiere of the artist’s first moving image installation, ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ (2017) in which Wiley explores the tradition of maritime painting.

Read more: whatson.bfi.org.uk

Circa 1981

Seth Price


Wed 4 October – Sun 7 January 2018

Seth Price, still from Untitled Film/Left, 2006. 12 min. loop, color/sound (16-mm film). Courtesy the artist and ICA.

Occupying the newly re-designed ICA, Seth Price’s show Circa 1981 is a long overdue UK survey of the American artist’s film and video work. Price’s ambitious work explores the existential shifts brought about by the wealth of images accumulated online. This opens a multitude of paths for artistic exploration, from questioning the internet as an archive to exploring how this shapes art histories to investigating the slippages between virtual image and the corporeal. A visit to this exhibition would benefit from leaving plenty of time to watch the works and also delving through the exhibition material, the ICA has assembled a useful guide on their new website that nicely augments the experience. 

Read more: dev.ica.art

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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